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. chief washington correspondent ed henry live in the white house briefing room with the administration latest effort to reach a deal. with a last minute pitch from the president. the president seems to be saying go home for the holidays, take a deep breath. ref lax. come back. get it done. >> good evening, john. high drama here. when the president is leaving for hawaii in 90 minutes from now. first, though, he met at the white house with senator reid and he called the speaker boehner and came out on the podium behind me. he laid out three-point plan that he thinks can pass if ten days. extend tax cut for 98% of the public. extend unemployment benefit for 2 million people. come back to deal with spending cut and deficit reduction. he said that was achievable by january 1 to avoid the cliff. after last night, unclear whether anything can pass. >> just as the economy is really starting to recover, and we're starting to see optimistic signs. we have seen, actually, some up-side statistics from a range of areas clouding housing, now is not the time for more self-inflicted wounds. certainly
now from washington, is the president for -- president of americans for tax reform, conservative counter broker and the man who does not believe in unicorns, pink or otherwise, mr. grover norquist. grover, what a day to have you on the show. thanks for joining us. >> absolutely. of course, you know, north korea and -- media announced they did find unicorns in north korea. >> we don't often take our cues from them. i am one that firmly believes in the existence of unicorns somewhere and hopefully maybe in this fiscal cliff deal. grover, the first question i have for you is this, your pledge, the pledge that many republicans have signed on to, opposes any and all efforts to increase marginal income tax rates and opposes any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits unless matched for dollar by further reducing tax rates. closing loopholes and ending deductions would seem to increase the tax burden that americans are paying to the federal government. given that, do you support the proposal put forward by john boehner? >> well, because the proposal is significantly amorp
and stepping this away and that way and now preparing to leave washington. they -- they are doing all of this instead of taking the one step they need to take, and that is to say to the president, all right, you've gone 40% of the way. we're expected to go, you know, 30%, 40%. let's see what we can get done. we don't have to wait until new year's. everybody knows what this is going to look like tend of the day. we just need the republicans to act responsibly and sit down with us and get the deal done. not go home for the holidays. >> and let me switch gears for a second because you hear a lot that's going on in capitol hill. what is the genesis of this criticism of chuck hagel? there's a lot that's also coming from supporters of israel who say that he has not been supportive enough. do you think that is a big question? i know the house doesn't confirm cabinet officials, but you are very close to it all. >> i am not involved in the confirmation process. i'll leave that to the higher pay grades in the senate. show me a nominee or a prospective nominee for any cabinet position, and i wil
were talking about, the negotiations in washingtons. the at some point, somebody, maybe the republicans have to speak up ab defend the real economy against the sort of policies they're talking about down there. >> they get wrapped up in the insider baseball and we're guilty of that, too, and playing to that and people out there. what they really want to know is the economy going to grow or not. if you're increasing taxes on dividend, you get less capital and dividends and then less growth for the economy and less revenue for the government. >> well, a lot of people worry about the many years that japan has been in a slow growth environment, but they've kept interest rates very low in japan, but the problem is, government is too big. that's why japan has not been able to start growing again. and this is the path that the u.s. is certainly on if we don't change that dynamic. >> paul: kim, is there any recognition about this in washington or is it all -- i mean, do you hear any of this discussion or do they really believe, certainly, the white house and the treasury, that tax rates like th
to washington. >> we need to make difficult decisions. often we have conversations about how to create enough revenue to solve the problem. i learned early in my 20s if you have a problem with spending there's not enough revenue to make up for it. we have a spending problem, ladies and gentlemen in america. knotted a revenue -- not a revenue problem. >> he expects to be sworn in on january 3rdrd. once scott give >> thank you. a quick programming note both senate tim scott and nikki haley will join greta van susteren on tonight's on the record at 10:00 p.m. eastern. why secretary of state clinton is not testifying about benghazi this week. it says politics makes strange bed fellows. case in point energy exports next. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers fo
wash memorial -- at a washington memorial service he is expected to attend the final memorial with the first lady. >>> travel was a real nightmare for a lot of people earlier this week, but not today. good news for those of you heading home for the holidays. david lee miller, david? >> doug, what a difference a couple of days makes. some 5. million americans will be flying this holiday season. you can take a look at laguardia, despite this is one of the busiest travel days of the year things are moving like clockwork. not a single flight has been canceled that we have seen so far or delayed. some of the arrivals are getting here earlier than expected. as you mentioned just a couple days ago there were some 1,000 cancellations. that's when a storm slammed the midwest. now for the most part system wide there are very few problems to report. only 40 cancellations and about 500 delays. this is across the entire united states. we talked to a couple of travelers here at la gay you are de yaw. at laguardia. they always prepare for the worst, but it looks to be a relatively easy trave
't want taxes to go up. but we only run the house, democrats continue to run washington. >> gregg: national correspondent steve centanni joins us live from washington. >> reporter: d.c. may be some shutting down for christmas but the clock hasn't stopped and fiscal cliff is closer than ever. no deal was reached this week to keep taxes from going up. joan boehner pulled plug on the plan "b" and he says it is now up to the president and g.o.p. is continuing to hammer away at president obama. >> this is the year size of our debt surpassed the our economy. a grim milestone if we don't come to grips to w it. the president's plan to raise tax rates ko could still be as far as eye could see. >> reporter: president obama will return after christmas and work on fiscal issues. he believes a comprehensive deal could be reached but he seems to be acknowledging for scaled back plan for cutting taxes on the middle-class. >> even though democrats and republicans are arguing about whether those rates should go up for the wealthiest individuals, all of us, every single one of us agree that tax rat
fox business the lines of communication open, but it's an empty house in washington. look at these pictures. house members on their long weekend break, and the senate is out until monday, but not before working out logistics for a big event. a private screening of steven spielberg's lincoln at the capital. now, harry reid using his time to take a special waiver to allow unbuttered popcorn in the auditorium. that's what passes for work these days. the president's holding another campaign style event as the middle class families, and with more, michael burgess of texas. congressman, great to have you object show again. >> great to be with you, thank you. gerri: everything's hanging in the banse, economy, middle class income, taxes, you name it, and you and your fellow house members are not going to work. >> well, wait, this is a 24-hour day job, seven days a week. i'm in new york tomorrow looking at the hospitals affected in hurricane sandy, and i feel like i need to do the ground work to investigate that for myself. gerri: you're doing work, but not all the people you work
joe" from washington. live with us here, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein, executive editor of bloomberg news, al hunt and "time" magazine senior political analyst and "way too early" talent -- he was just extraordinary -- mark halperin. mark, you were just -- you were extraordinary. >> no one told me there's no net in that job. >> there is no net. he was great. who could turn the world on with a smile? i mean, mark halperin could, al hunt. >> throwing his hat in the air. >> we need to toss his hat in the air. sam stein has no idea what we're talking about. >> zero. >> so depressed. not a "seinfeld" reference, the greatest series of all time. al hunt, al, this is -- i'm at a loss what's going on in washington. i mean, we can all assign blame. i, right now, am especially curious with what's going through my party's mind on the fiscal cliff. but what -- why the breakdown? you know, if you're a republican, you say, i'll raise taxes. you have crossed the line. you h
in the washington area this morning. because at starbucks, in the washington, d.c., area at each of the starbucks locations, they write on the cups, "come together." it's sort of an impetus to maybe get these bozos in the house and the senate to come together in the fiscal cliff. we're going to be talking about the starbucks effort a little later in the show. good morning, ladies and gentlemen. >> good morning. >> good morning. it's thursday, december 27th. i'm mike barnicle in for joe, mika and willie. joining the table, we have political editor and white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein. >> hi. >> applause for sam. "fortune's" assistant managing editor, leigh gallagher. and the president of the council on foreign relations, author of "foreign policy begins at home: the case for putting america's house in order." and in washington, vice president and executive editor of msnbc.com and msnbc political analyst, richard wolffe. a minor round of applause for richard wolffe. >> one hand clapping. >> first of all, can anybody here come up with a synonym -- i don't care what it is
have guards armed with guns of their own. nbc justice correspondent pete williams says s in washington for more on this. can you break down the nra's solution? >> the nra says the answer to combating school violence is simple. it says banks, power plarngts congress, and the president are protected with armed security and the nation's schools should be guarded that way, too. after a week of calls for tighter gun restrictions and signs of a possible shift in public attitudes, about access to the weapons like the rifle used in connecticut, the national rifle association instead called for putting more armed security officers in the nation's schools. the. >> the onlying that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: the nra's wayne la pierre says children in most schools are defenseless because the schools proclaim to be places without guns. >> they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> reporter: he took no questions from reporters but was interrupted by protesters. >> shame on the nra!
. is washington ready for a fight over guns that no one thought would happen? >>> blast from the past. find out what michael dukakis has to say about the idea of being a u.s. senator once john kerry becomes officially the next secretary of state. being a little bit coy. could he run? here comes the new. >>> good morning from washington. it is wednesday, december 19th, 2012. this is the. i'm chuck todd. >>> today could be the day the two sides come together for a big deficit reduction deal or we could be 24 hours from it totally falling apart. that seems like telling you everything and nothing at the same time. but there's something to this. follow me here. the president and speaker boehner have really never been closer to a deal. they both made major concessions over the last i'd say 72 hours. the nation still mourning the tragedy in connecticut. both sides have admitted that the tone of the talks have changed. >> an event like that, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together. >> i continue to have hope that we can reach an agreement. it's not a time to put americans through more st
panetta. we'll have a report from the pentagon on syria in a moment. >>> first, shock waves in washington. a powerful republican senator suddenly calling it quits. south carolina senator jim demint will step down december 31st to lead the heritage foundation. it's a powerful conservative think tank in washington. demint says he can be more effective outside the senate. >> a lot of my role in the senate has been stopping bad things and saying no to bad things. but we need to do more than that and tell americans what we're for. one of the mistakes i think the republican party made the last two years is trying to make obama the issue without sharing with america bold reform ideas that get people inspired to get behind us. >> senator demint, huge tea party supporter. sometimes clashes with his own party's leadership. he is leaving with four years left in his senate term. earlier, he said he'd retire when the term was up in 2017 but gave no previous indication he might quit now. i want to go to dana bash joining me on the phone here. dana, huge surprise to a lot of people. what's behind the re
of the washington things you play low it goes away. >> is that the calculation. >> i agree . not only do they want it to blow over just like benghazi . thank you for always keeping that light shining on the four brave merrence. stevens and wood and doubtery and smith. we need to talk about them all of the time. but they might be buying the silence? >> are they afraid the individuals were to be punished and might retaliate by telling the truth of what is happening and with all of those asking for more security and all of the intelligence reports that were ignored and the dangerousness of the consulate. >> do you think your best presciption will we hear from secretary clinton oath about benghazi. >> slee must. i believe she will worry and she is a smart individual and will answer the question. we'll want to know when it is going to stop? >> lying and purposely misleading to the american people. american people want and demand the truth and she needs to give it to us. >> thank you for joining us. >> happy new year. >> russian president vladimir putin is under fire. they are ausing putin of -- accusin
, makes $174,000. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. washington state's new marijuana law went into effect today, make together first state to legalize the drug for recreational use for people 21 or older. john blackstone tells us those that are supposed to enforce law are a little foggy on the details. >> reporter: at seattle police headquarters, jonah spangenthal lee was given the task of explaining the state state's new marijuana law on an online guide. >> what do you call it? mari-what? the guide to legal pot use in seattle. >> reporter: a lot of people are saying, thattix. it will take a year for the state to write regulations for selling marijuana illegally. for now, that leaves some confusion gaffes. for example, it's still illegal to smoke pot publicly, but last night teem peepdid. let me get this straight-- you can possess it, you can buy it, but nobody is allowed to sell it. >> that's correct. >> reporter: and nobody is allowed to grow it right now, either. >> that's correct as well. >> reporter: so how do you get legal pot? >> i couldn't tell you. >> reporter: the new law passed with
deutsch. >> incorporated. >> exactly. and in washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. she is a huge fan in jane heller. >> jane heller said she looked extraordinarily elegant last night. >> you were remarkable last night on television. >> when andrea mitchell is involved in anything, it upgrades the elegance. >> made me feel better. >> we had to counter you somehow. >> that's why we brought her on. so under fire, rice ends her bid to succeed hillary at state. and this is the lead. president obama knew before he picked up the phone on thursday afternoon what susan rice, his ambassador to the united nations, was calling about. she wanted to take herself out of the running for secretary of state and spare him a fight. and that's exactly, mika, what she did. >> so brian williams asked her about this, and here's a little bit more of her explanation of how this happened. oh, we're standing by because -- what? you guys don't have the sound bite? okay. >> i guess so. >> so let's roll it. >> i've done sunday shows many times in the
a little closer together, both in the nation and in washington, that would be a good thing. >> i continue to have hope that we can reach an agreement. it's not a time to put americans through more stress. >> later this morning, president obama will officially announce that like vice president biden will take charge of an effort to-like at policy in the wake of the murder of 20 children and 6 women in newtown, connecticut. i want to bring in "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page and for "the chicago sun times," lynn swede. good morning. let me start with the fiscal cliff, pause because we only ha days left. harry reid declared boehner's plan doa. let me play what he said. >> every time we get down to getting something for the long-term financial security of this country, they take that football and it is a charlie brown episode, they jerk the ball away. >> so, lynn, what is the strategy with plan b? >> well, actually the white house just said this morning that obama would veto plan b, so it may be boehner needs to look for c, d, e and f going into further negotiations because the
failures pileup. that has washington worried about another bailout, and homeowners worried about the market. jeri willis from the fox business network joins us. they are $16 billion in the red, the fha is what does it mean. >> reporter: taxpayers could be on the hook for this money. let me give you an idea of what is going on here. the federal housing administration insures, it backs these mortgage loans as you know we had the big mortgage meltdown, huge crisissess, values plummeted, people lost their homes. currently the fha stands behind 1.1 trillion in mortgage debt. one one in six of those loans deliquent. one in ten in default. they are facing just a tsunami of bad debt, and once more there is more in the pipeline that we don't even know about. alisyn: i don't have to tell you that the public appetite for bailouts. >> reporter: not high. alisyn: very small. if they don't get a bailout what happens to the country and the housing market? >> reporter: that is not an option i don't think. look, if they aren't able to correct this in some way, fix it in so way they are headed for a bailout
, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together both in the nation and in washington, that would be a good thing. >> all right. top of the hour. good morning. 6:00 on the east coast, it's wednesday, december 19th. christmas is almost here. >> very respectful dialogue. the nra had a respectful statement. i think a lot of people showing respect on this. >> feel something may be be happening. >> feel some grown-ups, maybe. there are, of course, exceptions. >> there are a few. we have mike barnicle with us. you're not an exception. beautiful piece in "the daily news" today. we'll read that in must read. thank you very much. former treasury officials. mark ratner is with us as well. he has a must read. i'm serious. >> beautiful. >> also in washington, washington anchor for "bbc world news america" katty kay. >> no pieces, sorry. >> you'll write one next time. thank you. so we've got a lot to get to this morning. >> a lot to talk about today. >> those exceptions, what are you talking about? >> just in the conversation about everything you thought there were two exceptions. >> rick perr
of his father. brian todd, cnn, washington. >>> tanks, armored cars roll into egypt as protests target president morsi. michael holmes will weigh in on all this. >>> john mcafee arrested after being on the run. he is wanted for questioning about the death of his neighbor in belize. we're going to show you the video of his arrest. if we want to improve our schools... ... what should we invest in? maybe new buildings? what about updated equipment? they can help, but recent research shows... ... nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. with odor free aspercreme. powerful medicine relieves pain fast, with no odor. so all you notice is relief. aspercreme. >>> tanks, armored personnel carriers rolled into the area. this is near the presidential palace. they were scattering crowds of protester that is were fighting in the streets, and many egyptians now are angry at the president saying that he has now made himself a dictator. mohammed morsi spoke j
, if anything, iran has captured. we're getting very two different stories from tehran and washington. washington denying iran has done anything. iran with a very different story and they're already using this to say that they've score d a bg intelligence victory over the u.s. the reports in state media in iran started early, according to iran captures a u.s. drone after it flew into iranian air space, southern iran. iran describing this drone as a scan eagle, about a ten-foot wing span that can go about 24 hours without refueling. iran already boasting a win, putting it on display, video clip posted online, carol, showed what appeared to be two military officials examining what looked like a u.s. drone with that poster that you mentioned with the title "we will trample on the u.s.." >> i don't mean to change the subject. we hear the yelling behind you. you're in cairo, egypt. what's going on behind you, reza? >> reporter: these are the option factions here in cairo, who are back in pretty big numbers, few thousand of them in egypt, protesting against president morsi's decrees and thi
such as this would not be tolerated. chief washington correspondent james rosen is live at the state department with the very latest. james? >> reporter: megyn, good afternoon. a spokesman for secretary of state hillary clinton says this afternoon that these u.s. warnings about the potential use of chemical weapons against the syrian people are being conveyed to the regime of president bah shark al assad both publicly and privately. western intelligence agencies over the last week have detected suspicious movements of chemical weapons components at selected sites inside syria. the regime is thought to be growing more desperate as fighting in and around the capital city, damascus, at the same time has intensified. today brings word of a high school teacher and 29 students being killed in a mortar incident at a school there. meantime, nato officials say once the parliaments in germany and the netherlands -- which is expected -- it'll be only a matter of weeks until missile systems are installed along turkey's border with syria so as to guard against possible reprisals for the country's staunch su
? tell that to all the americans who face steep tax increases if the politicians in washington can't hammer out a budget deal. we have a report. >> bill: i think think fired the janitor and valet car parker at the state department. >> we both have respect for secretary clinton. you are roman catholic as am i. we are now calling this the immaculate condition cushion. secretary of state hillary clinton still m.i.a. after taking a fall two weeks ago. now there is all kinds of speculation about her health, about whether she will ever testify about libya and what will happen to a possible presidential run in 2016. the factor investigates. >> america can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time. >> former president george w. bush is back arguing for a new way forward for republicans. is the g.o.p. finally ready tomorrow brace their former leader? caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone, and the factor begins right now. >> laura: hi everyone i i'm laura ingraham in for bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. back-to-work. that's the subject of this even
they don't think they need to put out any kind of formal proposal. let me bring in "the washington post" columnist and our politics reporter. good morning. so the headline in the "new york times" is pushing the gop to negotiate, obama ends giving in. and peter baker writes that president obama has emerged kind of a different style of negotiator in the past week or two, sticking to the liberal line, frustrating the republicans clearly. this is a strategy his base might like but i'm wondering will it make him a better deal maker? >> it just may mean that republicans ultimately give him close to what he wants on raising tax rates on the top 2%. president obama has been very clear, he was all the way through the campaign that he would not give in on that. so that's i think what's important now. republicans don't like a lot of what was in the white house's opening offer. they dictate the $50 billion stimulus that was in the offer as a slap in the face. some of these little things we'll see taken out of file deal. >> to that point here's john boehner talking about when he saw that opening off
for the next presidential fight. happy holidays and hello from washington. this is a special year-end edition of "the daily rundown." all this hour we will look at what lessons we got from 2012, what they'll mean for 2013, how power could shift in 2014, and who is taking the long, hard look at a bid for 2016. maybe we'll slip in something about 2015 for kicks. how did president obama, weighed down by a jobless rate, higher than any incumbent seeking reelection since fdr win 332 electoral votes, sweep 8 of the 9 battleground states and have his party pick up senate seats to get to 55? as the republican party picks up the pieces and looks ahead to 2016, here are four lessons that 2016 hopefuls from both parties might want to keep in mind. lesson one, don't define yourself. your opponent will do it for you. ads and timing matter. romney let the president's early attacks on his personal wealth and business background go largely unanswered. romney's campaign argued they had to choose how to spend at the time what was limited funds and adds about what romney would do about president tested better,
. from washington our investigative correspondent live at newtown high school. let me start with you, pete. what's the latest on the investigation and the question that investigators said they will tell us at some point which is how closer are we to knowing why? >> not much that i know of, chuck. they had been hopeful that they could extract some information from the computers that he had in the home. he was very into computers, they say. he was very socially with drawn. he was very engaged with computers. they say before he left his mother's house on the morning that he shot and killed her while she was sleeping, he damaged extensively his computers that he took the hard drive out and tried to tamper with the inside of it and pulled the disk out and did a lot of damage to it. it's not clear whether they will be able to extract information and they will try their best and there is hope they will find something. there was no letter or note left behind. he was not someone who apparently was involved in social media. he didn't post things on websites or chat rooms. there is precious lit
things done in washington than playing politics. i think to recognize there's been real progress made, right the border is safer today, the immigration system is better, the two parties worked together to do that over the last few years. there are still some meaningful things that need to get done. the d.r.e.a.m. act, we have to fix the low-end and high-end visa system. the mexicans are going to do a whole boar border system. i think there will be a lot of room to work together next year to get something meaningful done. if the republicans are earnest and play it straight i think they'll get a lot of credit for working with the democrats to fix the broken immigration system and making it better. jon: getting something meaningful done, it seems like a longtime since that's happened in washington. we'll look forward to it. simon rosenberg. kate obenshane thank you much. jenna: the nato alliance warning the assad regime in syria against using chemical weapons against his own people. this is an attempt to for once and for all crush the 21-month rebellion there. nato is considering a turki
>>> this is a fox urgent. talks hitting a wall in washington. an entire nation stairs off the edge of the fiscal cliff, dumping you the back into a recession. we're just learning of a major snag in negotiations on the hill. bringing lawmakers back where we were 24 hours ago and bringing us closer to higher taxes on just about every worker in america and deep spending cuts, particularly to our military. i'm hair harris faulkner. this is a special two-hour edition of the fox report. pressure is mounting as talks appeared to be making progress at one point then late today, word they hit a setback this afternoon over social security spending. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell says he never received a response to a republican offer last night and is reaching out to vice president joe biden to kickstart negotiations with the white house at this point. the senator saying fail to go solved the crisis is simply not an option. >> the consequences of this are too high for american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. there's no single issue that remains an impossible s
and lawmakers try to get back to washington. >> all eyes turn to plan c. >> i would hope that we would have one last attempt here to do what everyone knows what needs to be done. look at the front page here. it says obama headed back to work after short vacation. >> i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. >> if we go off the cliff unimpeded, it's a $400 billion tax hike. >> outrage after a newspaper gets its hands on the names and addresses of gun permit holders and then publishes the information online. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> isn't it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets, isn't it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like this? >> i don't believe that will make one difference. >> oh, my god, a tornado. >> winter weather threatening to cause major travel problems for people trying to get home after the holidays. some states dealing with snow, thunderstorms and tornadoes. >> oh, wow
the latest in just minutes. good morning from a very busy washington. it's thursday, december 20th, 2012. this is "the daily rundown," the second shortest day of the year. let's get right to my first read. if talks on the fiscal cliff are going to be rescued, they have got to be rescued today. but the more you see the president and speaker boehner talking in public, the less they are talking behind the scenes. leaving negotiations stalled just 12 days before the new year. the speaker is now spending his third day working to pass a bill that will not become law. maybe it will start a framework for a backup plan but it's not going to be a law. and it won't probably be part of any final budget deal. the house will vote today on boehner's plan b which democratic leader harry reid had said will go nowhere in the senate. and the president has promised to veto it if it somehow got to him. in a 52-second, well it was a press conference but he didn't take questions so we'll call it a media availability, boehner dared the president to reject the backup plan that prevents tax hikes on those making
start and you have may have seen him with the chief washington correspondent ed henry where obama insists he moved more than halfway to meet boehner. >> megyn: the democrats have given a lot to boehner and they are not ready to give more. top advisor telling me the white house believes the negotiation took a step back today. speaker boehner said it's time for a backup plan. >> our plan "b" is protect taxpayers making $1 million or less and have current rates extended. >> there there is little chance of passible in the senate. the democrats say if goalposts is getting moved. >> take the football and charlie brown episode. they jerk it away. >> 15 months ago the president suggested threshold on tax hikes might be a $1 million. >> middle class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaire and billionaires. today they said it did not preclude raising rates with broader reform. >> the idea to tax people making more than $1 million is so bad and unbalanced why did the president propose it in 2007? >> millionaire tax in rose garden? >> first, >> that is a different propoise sal. h
cliff deal. and is it mitch mcconnell to the rescue. live in washington on the 11th hour negotiations. >> and did you know about to fall off the dairy cliff? >> juliet: have you seen the prices? >> dave: as high as 8 bucks a gallon for milk. >> clayton: oak ridge boys bush. special number tribute for number 41. "fox & friends" begins right now. >> am i wrong about that don't the have a deep voice? ♪ >> oak ridge boys have been on this show many times on "fox & friends." >> good morning, everyone. >> dave: good morning. juliet huddy celebrating an early new year's eve. is it new year's eve? >> juliet: sparkly shoes and everything. i feel like we are waking up at 4:00 in the morning on saturday i better be festive. >> clayton: that's what woke me up this morning. >> juliet: this is a beautiful set it has inspired me. >> dave: it's spectacular. >> juliet: it is. >> dave: it's fiscal cliff time. couple of days away. rare i wake up and say i'm moderately optimistic but that's what the president said. you are either optimistic or you are not. the president said he is modestly optimistic a
gun laws we don't even adhere to. >> the other big story in washington, nine days until the fiscal cliff and no deal in sight with the president and congress home for the holidays, today key senators from both sides weigh in on the prospects of ayn greem before new year's. >> you know, if you look at the final positions last monday of both the president and speaker boehner, they were this close. they were this close to a solution. >> if he were to say and the president were to say we're going to pass a bill, with a majority of democrats and majority of republicans in the house and senate, we could get a mainstream bill. >> if you want leaders, you have to lead. the president's been a pathetic fiscal leader. he's produced three budgets and can't get one vote for any of them. boehner will be tip o'neill, obama needs to be reagan. i would vote for revenues including tax rate hikes, even though i don't like them, to stave country from becoming greece. >> today, despite the president being in hawaii, the fiscal cliff is still on the agenda. kristen welker is with the president in honolu
republicans want to solve washington's fiscal cliff dilemma, and what the democrats are saying about it. we'll talk about that, and much more with our special guest this morning, the former british prime minister tony blair is with us. but planes from iran. revolutionary guards showing off what they are claiming to be is a captured american drone. coming up why the pentagon says don't believe it. >>> and baby makes three at buckingham palace. the royal couple, will and kate, creating a media frenzy on both sides of the pond with word that they are expecting. we're going to go live to london. >> talk about this morning, in addition to tony blair, we're talking to democratic congressman xavier becerra, republican senator ron johnson from the state of wisconsin, also pat houston, whitney houston's sister-in-law and manager and jeopardy champion ken jennings written a new book. it's tuesday, december 4th, "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome everybody, you're watching "starting point." we're honored this morning to have the former british prime minister tony blair with us as our guest
in washington. the people of newtown are strong. they are a people of great faith, they are a small knit community. they will not retreat from this. in many ways, they will get stronger, and they will want us to make sure not that we use this, but that we learn from it and make ourselves a better society, a safer society. it's an important discussion to have and we will have it. as one who has been fortunate enough to represent newtown for 14 years in the state senate, i'm going to make sure that we have that discussion on many fronts. >> sir, do you think that newtown is ready to be used as a national example of why we need better gun regulation in this country? as unfortunate as it seems to politicize this heinous act, as young parents across this country, future parents across this country want to know that their children are safe when they go to school. do you think the town of newtown is ready to carry the burden of knowing that it needs to be used as an example? >> well, thomas, they are carrying an incredible burden that none of us want them to bear and they don't deserve. i don't
the live shot from washington d.c. has gone down. the president speaking before a group of ceo's business leaders in washington about the economy, and obviously his campaign over the last four years to try to reduce the deficit. jenna: interesting the president is saying he was speaking off the you have cuff, no teleprompter there. he's speaking about how he's rooting on american business. pointed to a couple of aspects much the economy, improvement in consumer confidence and housing as well. he was going to talk a little bit about the fiscal cliff and that's something we've all been talking about recently, and what it means for us right now and the year ahead. we also have other business news. we'll get back to the president by the way if and when we get that feedback. he will be taking questions from the audience there of business leaders as gregg mentioned. elizabeth mcdonald ever the fox business network is standing by list toning some of what the president had to say about the economy. liz, can you place it in context about where our economy is right now. >> reporter: the president j
-dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see. listen, washington has got a spending problem not a revenue problem. if the president doesn't agree with our proposal i believe that he's got an obligation to families and small businesses to offer a plan of his own, a plan that can pass both chambers of the congress. we are ready and eager to talk to the president about such a plan. >> you did speak with the president earlier this week, can you characterize that call? did he have any kind of counter offer? also, we understand that he is making clear that it's got to be increase in rates for the wealthy or no deal. are you willing to give a little bit maybe not all the way to 39.6? >> the phone call was pleasant, just more of the same. the conversations that the staff had yesterday, just more of the same. it's time for the president, if he's serious, to come back to us with a counter offer. >> the jobs report today indicated unemployment is down roughly a full point from this time last year. a lot of folks in the business community say if no deal is going to happen it could obviously hurt american job
very much. now we move on to your money and the financial peril our nation faces if washington lawmakers don't get it together soon. president obama saying now a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff could be about a week away. there is just one catch. he says republicans have to accept the, quote: reality as he puts it that tax rates are going up for the richest americans. something g.o.p. leaders are calling a deal breaker. >> we're not insisting on rates just out of spite or out of any kind of partisan bickering. but rather because we need to raise a certain amount of revenue. we can probably solve this. it's not that tough. but we need that conceptual break through that says we need to do a balanced plan. >> we made a good faith offer to avert the fiscal crisis and that offer included significant spending cuts reforms and it included additional revenue. and frankly, it was a balanced approach mr. president has been asking for. now we need a response from the white house. >> they have 27 days to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts from kicking in on new year's
continues in washington as we play let's spin "the cycle" wheel of misfortune. today is fiscal fiesta. whoo! yes. it's a party. don't you feel it? with both sides posturing, it reminds me of this scene in the movie "deliverance." ♪ >> yes, duelling banjos. we here on thursdays call it basketball with both sides stalling into the new year's eve deadline. this is the four corners offense. cliff, fiesta, follies and slope. if you want your own corner name tweet us for four corners or post on our facebook wall. in today's news the president a little more than an hour ago went to northern virginia to push the middle class tax cut message by spending time with an actual middle class family. >> the message that i got from tiffany and the message that i think we all want to send to members of congress is, this is a solvable problem. i'm not going to sign any package that somehow prevents the top rate from going up for folks at the top 2%, but i do remain optimistic that we can get something done that is good for families like this one's. >> and this actually appears to be working. a new poll show
. ♪ ♪ >> bret: this is a fox news alert. i'm bret baier in washington. the person thought to be at the top of president obama's short list, to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state, has taken herself out of the running. united nations ambassador susan rice has been under withering assault from the republicans over her response to september terror attack in benghazi, libya. get the latest from the chief white house correspondent ed henry. good evening. >> good evening. this is a dramatic shift. the president caving on someone who he really wanted to install as the next secretary of state. i'm told by the top democrats he has been agonizing over this, privately in recent days because he wanted to give her this promotion. we know in the first post election news conference the president very aggressively defended susan rice against the attacks from republicans on the hill. over whether or not she misled the public about benghazi. saying i have every confidence he is can serve our country now and years in come. we reported earlier today this the top democrats tell me they believe that s
of the bureaucrats in washington and hundreds of pages of them. but the bottom line is as you know having been a governor yourself that states that have to balance their budget such as the state of gorming george, we are struggling in this downturned economy to meet the obligations that we already have with regard to health care, particularly with regard to medicaid. to have an unknown cost factor thrust upon us is something that would be irresponsible in my opinion for us to assume. >> and that is the point they don't understand about medicaid. they said we will take care of your expenses and setting up the exchange and making the massive medicaid expansion. but the states have to pay a portion. and even if the feds are picking it up for year three and beyond, you will be in for literally billions of dollars of new obligations for funding, aren't you? >> exactly. we have estimated it anywhere from two and a half to four and a half billion dollars over a 10-year period. and we don't have any extra money like that lying around in our state. i don't think any other state does either. to assume o
us from washington, senator bill nelson from florida who has been trying hard to secure the release of corporal hammar. am i making any mistakes here? >> good evening, bill. and, yes, we all want to get him out and we want him out by next week by christmas. so he can be home. i would just point out that the white house is involved i have talked to both of them today. i have asked the state department to have our general council our con sill general in mat morris and consulate to get back in there again and see him. the one thing that i think is a little different than your recitation of the facts is that it was when we found out about him being in the general prison population last august, when he was picked up that we asked because of the obvious threats to his life and attempted shakedowns to get him out of there. got him into the same prison but an administrative facility and that's where you see the photograph of him in a room by himself and they have actually got cuff on his leg chained to the bed. that has since been removed but i think that didn't occur for some period of tim
's something that we in the inner city in brooklyn and harlem, southeast washington, d.c., south central los angeles have been dealing with and it's become all too familiar. this summer in new york city was a summer of great violence. as you know, you helped to shine the spot light on some of the things that were taking place in new york. the problem now is one that i think can no longer be ignored by the congress. and the newtown tragedy has made a claim that it's no longer possible and should no longer be possible for the second amendment to shield the go government's ability to enablgt sensible gun safety measures. for too long, the second amendment has been used as such a shield. it protects responsible gun ownership, but it cannot protect the ability of people to possess high capacity ammunition clips, assault weapons, that can unleash mayhem on a community, on a school, on a neighborhood in a matter of moments. and i think there is going to be a moment in the early part of the congress, the democratic caucus, under the leadership of nancy pelosi has led to it. and i begin to see cracks
matthews in washington. let me start with this. it's five days until christmas, 12 till new years and the battle lines are drawn. the trenches have been dug. the president has made his promise and intends to keep it. that promise is fairness. he cannot go along with any republican deal that protects the wealthy. he will risk the cliff to keep his promise. if it comes to it, he'll leap right off of it. to do less would be a sign to his enemies a sign that they can beat him. well u they simply tried. the words out he wants former u.s. senator chuck hagel in nebraska for secretary of defense. he's a republly can and a combat veteran of vietnam. the neocons are out to stop him for what he is and what they aren't. he served in war right up front. he opposed unness wars like the ones we've been fighting. fighting and getting ourselves into all of these years. in other words, they opposed the secretary of defense who thinks the man is the commander in chief. there's not an obama vote among them, by the way. u.s. congressman and democrat from virginia. gentlemen, let's talk about the firs
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